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Taiwan, U.S. discuss possible collaboration in Taiwan's allies

2019/10/22 17:41:49

Hsu Szu-chien

Washington, Oct. 21 (CNA) Taiwan and the U.S. are discussing possible future collaboration in countries that have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉) said Monday, following a meeting with a U.S. diplomat.

Hsu, who met with David Stilwell, assistant secretary of the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, described the meeting as extremely productive.

They discussed Taiwan and the U.S. intention to collaborate on projects in Taiwan's diplomatic allies, Hsu said, adding that any such collaboration will be discussed in forums such as the Pacific Islands Dialogue.

The Pacific Islands Dialogue, an annual meeting inaugurated in October, is a mechanism for the United States, Taiwan and like-minded partners to explore ways to increase cooperation in Taiwan's Pacific allies.

The dialogue is also meant to help Taiwan solidify diplomatic ties with its four remaining allies in the Pacific region, after the Solomon Islands and Kiribati broke relations with Taiwan in favor of China.

During the meeting, Stilwell expressed his concern about China's attempts to affect stability in the Taiwan Strait through poaching of Taiwan's diplomatic allies and other political manipulations, Hsu said.

The two also exchanged views on a broad range of subjects, including regional security, the development of Hong Kong, Taiwan's upcoming presidential election and potential bilateral cooperation in other areas, said Hsu.

Hsu's visit to the U.S. came after his trip to Prague, where he spoke at Forum 2000. The purpose of this visit, Hsu said, was to thank the U.S. government and Congress for their support for Taiwan.

These include support for Taiwan's global participation, Taiwan's diplomatic relations with its allies, and U.S. approval of the sale of F-16 fighter jets, M1A2 Abrams tanks and other military equipment to Taiwan, Hsu said.

(By Chiang Chinye and Chiang Yi-ching)
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